Reaction from Ducks bloggers on their team’s coaching change…Does the Ducks coaching change kill the Bobby Ryan trade rumors?…Is the Crosby vs Ovechkin rivalry dead?…The topic of loyalty and trade rumors…Time for Jamie Benn to take controll of the Stars…This week in Bruins history…Why lying to the media is okay in the NHL…Rise in NHL team values and players costs heighten labour dispute fears?…Holiday wishes for the Lightning…Why it’s okay again for Flyers fans to hate the Rangers.
ANAHEIM CALLING: Several Ducks bloggers analyze the Ducks replacing Randy Carlyle as head coach with former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. The verdict? It’s a good thing.
BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato suggests the Ducks coaching change could kill off the Bobby Ryan trade rumors, of which the Rangers were considered among the front-runners. If a deal did fall through, however, Fortunato believes that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the Blueshirts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers are playing well, and they’re well-stocked in promising youth. They’ll survive if they don’t get Ryan.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski believes the Sidney Crosby-Alexander Ovechkin rivalry isn’t dead because of the latter’s declining performance, only diminished.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Ovechkin can regain his mojo, it’ll rev back up again big time.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz on the subject of loyalty and trade rumors, regarding Calgary’s Jarome Iginla and Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I discussed this topic with Scotty and the “P Boys” on the Face Off Hockey Show last night. I’m old enough to remember when loyalty counted for something in the NHL, and was sickened several years ago by how Mats Sundin was vilified by Maple Leafs fans and the Toronto media for his refusal to waive his “no-trade” clause in his final season with the Leafs. Loyalty to one team is such a rarity in today’s NHL, especially among star players, and I believe they should be applauded for wishing to stay with their teams, rather than bailing on them like rats from a sinking ship for a “Cup contender” when their team’s on-ice fortunes take a downturn. Too many fans, however, buy into the theory it’s better for those players to accept a trade, in the often misguided belief they’ll land a quality return around which to rebuild. Sometimes that happens; usually, it doesn’t. As Scotty noted, players like Iginla are damned if they do, damned if they don’t.
DEFENDING BIG D: Brandon Worley calls on Stars center Jamie Benn to step up and take control of the Dallas Stars.
STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER: Six years ago this week, the Bruins shipped Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks won that deal, no question. On a personal note, it was the first trade I ever “broke” – with a huge assist by Jon Swenson of Sharkspage -on the Face Off Hockey Show, announcing it scant minutes before the major media outlets like TSN and Sportsnet did. Just before I was to appear on the FOHS for my usual segment, Jon informed me via e-mail then-Sharks Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau had been pulled off the ice during pre-game warmups, meaning something was up. We were less than ten minutes into my segment when Jon followed up saying those three had been shipped to Boston for Joe Thornton. “Stunned” was the only word to describe our reactions when I announced the deal on the show. Sadly, it was the last of the early-season NHL blockbuster trades, as thanks to the salary cap, those trades don’t happen anymore.
THE SCORE: Justin Bourne points out “In hockey, lying to the media is seen as “professionalism”, and it’s annoying.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And as Justin pointed out, that behavior won’t be going away anytime soon.
SBNATION.COM: Travis Hughes suggests rising NHL team values and player costs heighten labor dispute fears.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I disagree. While there are issues both sides need to address, none of them are show-stoppers. There won’t be a work stoppage following this CBA next year.
RAW CHARGE: Holiday wishes for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Why it’s okay for Flyers fans to hate the Rangers again.